History is a passion to me. I love studying it. When I got started, I was not too fond of US history (but another story for another time). But one of my all-time favorite passions is Star Wars. I love the stories, the world, the characters. Those in the Ryan Lancaster fan club know that every birthday I sit down and play a few rounds of Star Wars Battlefront on the PlayStation 2. I remember the only time I ever skipped a class was freshman year to download and watch the Phantom Menace trailer on Apple (it took over an hour). So, anytime I can intersect with two passions, I will do that.
A documentary about the Phantom Menace Creator and director George Lucas speaks about the similarities between the prequel movies and the original films. He says, “It’s like poetry, it’s—sort of— they rhyme. Each stanza kind of rhymes with the last one.” This is a sentiment that is true also about history itself. The lazy idiom is “History Repeats Itself.” But that is not true. We will never have another Hitler because the person who was Hitler existed in his own time and tainted the future vision. Now, we definitely can (and sadly will) get world leaders that mimic or imitate Hitler. As historians, we use these events and people like cautionary tales and can almost predict the outcomes. History is virtually formulaic that way.
Living through this Pandemic has regrettably changed all of us. Some good, some bad. In March of 2020, when the nation began to panic as we slid into quarantine, I walked over to my bookshelf and grabbed a copy of Pox Americana by Elizabeth Fenn. The book chronicles the smallpox epidemic that sweeps the Americas during the 1770s. Why would I subject myself to that, you ask?
I wanted to see how this all was going to play out.
16:00 Women in the Revolution
24:08 The Physical Toll
27:50 Latinos in the American Revolution
31:28 African Americans in the Revolution
1775–1782 North American smallpox epidemic
Mary Hays (American Revolutionary War)
History of women in the United States
Revolutionary War 1776-1783: Pensions
“Latino Patriots” of the American Revolution
African Americans and the War for Independence